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“To Not Document It Is Impossible”: A Q&A with Mstyslav Chernov, the Director of ‘20 Days in Mariupol’

Meredith Francis

WTTW spoke with "20 Days in Mariupol" director Mstyslav Chernov about the film and the decisions he made on the ground as a conflict journalist in Mariupol during the early days of the Russian invasion.

A New 'Frontline' Examines the Effort to Document and Prosecute War Crimes in Ukraine

Daniel Hautzinger

Even as the war brought about by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues, journalists from Frontline and the Associated Press, among others, have begun gathering evidence of war crimes. The director of a Frontline about those efforts spoke to us about the new documentary.  

How to Watch the January 6 Hearings

Daniel Hautzinger

Watch PBS NewsHour's live coverage of public hearings laying out lawmakers' findings from a nearly yearlong investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, which begin on Thursday, June 9.

How Engineering "Took a Back Seat to Finance" at Boeing

Daniel Hautzinger

Three hundred and forty-six people died in two crashes five months apart on Boeing 737 Max 8 jets. A new Frontline investigation with The New York Times reveals the commercial pressures, failed oversight, and flawed design that led to the crashes. 

What Investigations of Cold Cases from the Civil Rights Era Can Offer

Daniel Hautzinger

Under the Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crimes Act, the federal government has investigated more than 150 race-related cold cases. A new podcast and multiplatform project from Frontline examines its success, and what truth and justice look like in decades-old cases. 

Some of PBS's Best Documentaries, According to 'Esquire'

Daniel Hautzinger

Esquire recently pointed out that, while Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and other streaming services have been making waves with documentaries over the past few years, PBS has been offering top-level documentaries for decades.

'Frontline' on America's Crisis of Democracy

Daniel Hautzinger

Frontline aims to make sense of a calamitous moment in American democracy, focusing on the rise of conspiracy and Donald Trump's takeover of the Republican Party, while also examining Joe Biden's life to better understand how he will respond.

How Democracy Dies by 'A Thousand Cuts'

Daniel Hautzinger

“I felt like we were just going back to a dark time and regressing, and I just wondered, ‘What is going on in that country?’” says the native Filipino filmmaker of A Thousand Cuts, which follows journalist Maria Ressa as she faces intimidation from the government of the Philippines.

A Year in Review with 'Frontline'

Daniel Hautzinger

Pandemic, protests, polls: as you've heard a million times since March, this has been an unprecedented year. Throughout, Frontline has tried to help you make sense of it all. Revisit their investigative journalism and films from this year of upheaval.

Frontline's Michael Kirk on 'The Choice 2020'

Daniel Hautzinger

"There has never been a better time for political biography," says the veteran Frontline producer Michael Kirk. "You want to look closely at the character of the two men who are asking to be President of the United States at this perilous time."

"I've Never Covered a More Important Story": Journalism During COVID-19

Daniel Hautzinger

"I've never covered a more important story in my career," says the producer of the new Frontline: Coronavirus Pandemic. But how are journalists and broadcasters working now, when most people are confined at home? Frontline, WTTW News, and WTTW's FIRSTHAND discuss.

'For Sama' from 'Frontline' Nominated for An Oscar

Daniel Hautzinger

Frontline's For Sama has been nominated in the Documentary Feature category at the Academy Awards. The film follows a young Syrian mother as she perseveres through the siege of Aleppo and is told as a love letter to a daughter.

'America's Great Divide' and the 2020 Election

Daniel Hautzinger

"This is really the most important political year coming that I have ever experienced," says Michael Kirk, the producer of Frontline's new, two-part documentary America's Great Divide. "I thought these films could be a kind of overture as the curtain goes up on the political year."

The 'Worrisome' Politicization of the Supreme Court

Daniel Hautzinger

The latest Frontline documentary from Michael Kirk, Supreme Revenge, covers the history of increasingly contentious Supreme Court nomination battles over the past few decades. "The tree that has grown is truly misshapen and very, very worrisome,” Kirk says about the Court today.

'Frontline' on Donald Trump's Political Strategy

Daniel Hautzinger

Trump's Showdown provides an in-depth examination of the events of the last two years that have led to a standoff between Donald Trump and the Justice Department over the Russia investigation. Producer Michael Kirk explains his take on Trump's strategy. 
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